Ask a Question forum: Connell Red Apple x Sweet 16 apple

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Anderwood
Sep 8, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Hello fruit experts!

I just bought a Connel Red apple tree and a sweet 16 Apple tree. Will these bloom at similar times in order to cross pollinate?

I also have a Snow White crab apple that doesn't produce fruit. Will this help with pollination?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 9, 2015 10:05 AM CST
They would certainly bloom to overlap at least somewhat, if not entirely, even though Connell Red has late ripening fruit and Sweet Sixteen is mid season. In addition, all crabapples will pollinate apples. Especially in Mpls/St. Paul, there are so many apples and crabapples grown that one would not even need a pollenator tree in their yard. At least that's the way it has always been. If honeybees ( apple's major pollinators) become not as plentiful, it might become a factor. The Snow crab produces healthy, viable pollen. It does not fruit due to its female parts, and will pollinate apples just like any other crabapple will.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Anderwood
Sep 9, 2015 2:55 PM CST
Awesome! Thanks Rick. Good to hear.

By the way, we moved up to North Branch. I need to update my profile.

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